The Mission Statement
If you find yourself being pulled in many different directions, either by people, your expectations, or circumstances, maybe its time for a change, a paradigm shift, a need to prioritize your time, energy or resources. Sometimes it seems there isn't enought time in a day to accomplish everything you think you need to accomplish, consider making a personal mission statement. If you are married and experiencing marital conflict, maybe your marriage could benefit from a mission statement?
A mission statement is a very short-concise statement of your core principle, purpose and focus, which remains unchanged over an extended period of time. The mission statement filters what is most important and what is less important; your priorities. The mission statement may also state parameters of how your energies will be used or the overall direction of your energies. Your mission statement points to and creates your vision and where you intend to focus your time, energy and resources.
In 1992 I formulated this mission statement regarding parenting; I still use today, “To teach children to make healthy decisions in the absence of adult supervision.” Again, the statement doesn’t address every conceivable aspect of parenting and is not applicable to every family; it is just my statement of where my energies will be applied, as an adult, a parent and steward. The statement doesn’t state my totality of parenting or how I will achieve my mission, but it does communicate my focus.
I encourage people to make mission statements for just about any part of their lives where it is important to have a focus or demonstrate how energies will be applied. A mission statement can be made for a marriage, a business, a sports league, or a family. I also encourage people to consult a mental health clinician with experience in using mission statements in business or clinical areas to make sure the mission statement addresses the values you hold most important and yet reduces conflicts and enhances the overall quality of your life.
Emory Crawford, Licensed Counselor
In James, chapter one, verses 1 through 8, James asserts that a person who is not focused is controlled by their cirsumstances, that such a double minded person is not to be trusted or relied upon because they may be emotionally tossed about by the wind.